Friday, November 14, 2003
Do not sign
The petition gatherers are at it. They want us registered voters to sign for destroying the tax surcharge our legislators were finally able to come up with as the best, though unpleasant, decision for Oregonians.
I hope voters will not sign! Or, if they do, they will ask the petition signature gatherer two questions:
1. How much tax surcharge will you save? (The Oregonian reported that a couple with $30,000 adjusted gross income will save $7. A couple with $70,000 adjusted gross income will save $98.)
2. What governmental services you enjoy will you be willing to give up to keep those dollars? (Some road repair on your street, some fire and police protection, or some education for your kids or grandkids?)
It seems to me that most tax-cutters want others to suffer more so they can spend more on themselves. So much for what some of them like to call our “Christian” nation! That is not the way of him who said, “Do to others as you want them to do to you.”
Don’t vilify dissent
In his Veterans Day remarks, Sergeant William Smith is quoted in the Nov. 12 Hood River News as saying that anti-war protestors don’t know that “not a single word of protest has ever created freedom and liberty unless it was backed up ... by the blood, sweat, and tears of the American military.”
I am an anti-war protester and I know full well how our freedom and liberty has depended on blood and tears. I strongly believe in fighting for what is right and am deeply grateful to all who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of our freedoms. I know a great many other anti-war protestors and can say with assurance that the same is true of every one of them.
I am weary of how people vilify and denigrate those whose views are different from their own. Such remarks serve only to create divisiveness and block understanding. Like so many I know who denounce this war, I care deeply about our young men and women in uniform. I grieve to see them sacrifice their lives for an illegal act of aggression perpetrated by lies and half-truths, a war that dishonors our nation and may even undermine our national security.
Some who read this will agree with my assessment of this war; others will not. We may have differing views, but we can still treat each other with respect. Then we can engage in dialogue and learn from one another. We can build bridges to the peaceful world that we all want.
Our nation has a long history of protest creating freedom and liberty, but it is not only the military that has backed it up. Let’s not forget the blood, sweat, and tears shed on our native soil by ordinary people who have fought for worker’s rights, women’s rights, civil rights, gay rights, and the rights of Native American people that were taken away by the American military.
Thanks for vote
As Chief Petitioners for Measure 14-15, the Forestland Water Measure, we would like to thank the voters of Hood River County for supporting a measure that we think holds real promise in helping to protect water for farms and the water our families rely on. We also would like to thank the many volunteers of every background, age, and political party for joining us in sending this important message about how important our community considers protection of our water resources.
We were very encouraged that more than 61% of the voters supported Measure 14-15 and the fact that voter turnout dramatically exceeded all the expectations made the results even more impressive. And we were pleased to find, throughout the campaign, that there was a high level of civility and careful consideration given, even among people who ultimately decided to vote against the measure.
While we recognize that not everyone supported Measure 14-15, we sincerely hope that everyone will respect the results of the vote that occurred and take to heart the clear message from voters that we as a community place a high value on our water resources and are willing to take personal responsibility for protecting them.
Thank you again for your support.
Dr. Rod Krehbiel
Years of bickering
I was cleaning house (wonder of wonders! It isn’t even Spring) and found a heap of stuff I didn’t know I had. One was a copy of the Nov. 13, 1991 Hood River News which I kept because my young (then) little (then) boy was on the cover with the Cub Scouts. Low and behold, what was on the front cover but an article concerning the fight to stop the Mt. Hood Meadows expansion! Twelve years we’ve been bickering about this. Isn’t it time to conclude this argument one way or the other? Hmm ... food for thought. Amazed,
Wal-Mart in CL
To Ricky Telfer (Nov. 1 letter) and all the other people from Cascade Locks who want a bigger department store:
I suggest to you that you write Wal-Mart and ask them to locate the Superstore in YOUR town rather than here in Hood River.
Building it there would solve a lot of Wal-Mart’s technical problems, as I’m sure there are plenty af areas in Cascade Locks that are far more suitable than the Hood River acreage they’re struggling with now. The access in Cascade Locks would be a straight shot, solving yet another point of contention and saving Wal-Mart a lot of money in road reconstruction. The store would still be centrally located in the Gorge — and much closer to you, Ricky. You could even walk to it, and maybe even get a job there!
Start a petition and get all your friends to do a letter writing blitz, or call the store manager to discuss it with him or her, and ask that person what the next steps should be, they might be very open to it. A Wal-Mart would certainly be a benefit to the casino patrons, too, if that ends up in Cascade Locks.
Dong it right?
I want to thank Mr. Peter von Oppel for the civics lesson in his Nov. 11 letter to the editor. I now understand that democracy is not about winning or losing, but about doing it right. You see, I’d been confused ever since the last presidential election. Back then the majority of U.S. voters cast their ballots for Al Gore. Now it all makes sense why George W. Bush is our president. Doesn’t it?
Tax figures updated
I would like to apologize to the residents of Hood River County regarding the recent letter that I wrote about “Decline the Petition” I stated that the figures of increase in taxes were per year, they are actually per month.
I still stand behind my letter as far as doing the best we can as Oregonians to protect and preserve the services that are being cut everyday.
I pride myself in factual and integrity based information. I misread my information and I deeply apologize.
I felt a desire to express my personal experience after attending Connie Young’s memorial last week. I have only lived in Hood River a short time and since I have arrived have begun a new life, a new career, and over the course of the year have begun to establish new ties and friendships in the community.
I didn’t know Connie Young, her husband or Hannah,but I felt compelled to attend the service to support her family. The week prior to her memorial I had heard so many extraordinary things about Connie as a woman, a worker among workers, a wife, but mostly as a dedicated mother to her daughter.
I was completely amazed; as I am sure others were at the outpouring of attendance, support and devotion that was inside Saint Mary’s that cool, brisk afternoon. I was one of the attendees who found my seat on the floor in the middle of the church. Connie’s daughter’s courage and complete transparent testimony to her mother was tender, eloquent and exceptionally insightful. As well as the other statements made by several other friends and family who spoke.
My purpose for writing is two-fold. To simply say as a new resident of the community, what I have found is that this town surrounds its community with support, compassion and love when it really counts. During the past year many people who were inside Saint Mary’s that day have also supported my daughter and I in our transition. I am finding that no one is alone in Hood River and for that I am grateful.
Even though Jeff and Hannah are suffering a tremendous loss I am sure they are also comforted by the fact that they will be cared for and walked through their process of loss and grief. There are not many communities like Hood River that freely offer that kind of unconditional support.
Secondly, simply put, if I can be one-tenth of the woman and mother Connie Young was then I have accomplished many great things. I deeply regret not knowing her personally. She was an exceptional example of the kind of person and mother I aspire to be. It was greatly evident to me that she was well loved, respected, admired and a wonderful friend to many.
I took many things away from that day but one of the most important to me was that life is precious gift with our children and loved ones and not to be taken for granted. People like Connie Young are all too few but her legacy will live on through her daughter Hannah without exception. I wish this for my child as every parent does.
I am eternally grateful for the humbling, the reminder of life’s fragility and honored to write these words of expression.
Thanks from HRVHS
The students of Hood River Valley High School would like to thank the many businesses and individuals in the Hood River community who contributed to this year’s recent homecoming week festivities.
Every year, HRVHS receives a high level of support for homecoming activities, in addition to the community support we ordinarily receive for educational programs and activities. Without the support of numerous volunteers and donors, the homecoming celebration would not be possible. Each event requires different contributions: for the annual bonfire, we are grateful for the assistance of Westside Fire Department and to those who supplied food for concessions; for the coronation ceremony, we would like to thank Indian Creek Golf Course for the use of carts; for the annual homecoming raffle we are thankful to the many local businesses that donated prizes; and for the homecoming parade, we are indebted to the police for directing traffic, to the county fairgrounds for the use of space for preparations, to the drivers and owners of each truck, to the National Guard and fire department for the use of vehicles and to all the spectators who attended, because a parade needs an audience.
For the students of HRVHS, Homecoming Week is not only a week of fun events, but also an opportunity to meet new people and celebrate the achievements of HRVHS students. Homecoming makes school fun, which we believe is essential to helping kids learn. We truly appreciate all the support we receive.
Anna Hidle, ASB President
Henry Burton, ASB Vice President
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge